Information, Communication and Culture Minister Rais Yatim today refuted allegations, including of rape, made against him by bloggers and opposition political parties.
"I refute the allegations, whether they are about raping any individual four years ago (2007) or any other allegation, raised by bloggers on the Internet or by any political entity," he said in a statement.
He described the "wild allegations" against him of late in blog reports and by opposition political parties as heaps of libellous statements and awful, ugly and wicked lies.
"I state readily that any report by anyone so far related to this matter should be investigated under the country's laws," he said.
ALLEGATIONS NOT MADE BY BLOGGERS, RAIS. The Minister's statement came after at least two police reports were lodged on the NGO's report, one by PAS and the other by PKR's Chegubard. Rais is not a stranger to police procedures, having made a police report against this blogger last October, here, so he knows regardless of the statement he issued and his claim(s) to be innocent, the police will have to investigate.
I have no doubt that I will be hauled in to help with the investigation. I have always been cooperative with the police and even with the Information Ministry's own police (the MCMC) so that's not a problem. But I just feel I need to point out to the Minister that the bloggers DID NOT make up the allegation(s). In the case of my posting, I wrote of what I heard and about a report made in 2007 that was said to have been sent to the US Embassy, the Indonesian Embassy and them-PM Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's office. The bloggers who followed this up were quoting from the said NGO report, which I'm sure the police have now if they didn't then.The bloggers are the "messengers" just as Rais claims in his statement to be the messenger ...
"The opposition and those unhappy with the success and people's acceptance of the policy are resorting to stifle it through libel and cheap lies. They hope they can achieve their evil intention by killing the messenger," (Rais) said. -- MalaysiakiniNow, let the investigation begin.